Welcome to the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club!

West Bend Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Regner Park Pavilion
800 N. Main Street
West Bend, WI 53090
United States of America
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Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
We invite you to take a look around our site and learn more about our Club and about Rotary!
Mark Daniel Maloney - President, Rotary International
Steen Sanderhoff - District Governor, District 6270
Jonathan Sacks - President, West Bend Sunrise Rotary

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary recently received a grant from Rotary International's Disaster Response Fund and made a donation to the Albrecht Free Clinic in West Bend. The donation will be used by the Clinic to provide Personal Protective Equipment for Albrecht Free Clinic employees, volunteers and patients. This will include a Splash Guard for the reception area and face masks & face shields.

Presenting the check were Rotarians Jon Sacks, Todd Vance and Mary Beth Seiser.

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary recently presented a check to the West Bend Professional Firefighters Charities for purchase on an electrostatic sprayer for our West Bend Fire Stations. 
The check is being presented to West Bend Professional Firefighters Local 2025 President Steve Inhof by 2020 West Bend Sunrise Rotary President, Todd Vance.

Congratulations to Jon Sacks for taking over as the West Bend Sunrise Rotary President for the upcoming year!  And a big THANK YOU to Todd Vance for his leadership the past year!  Here are some pictures from our recent "Changing of the Guard" celebration.
Congrats to our most recent Paul Harris Award recipients - David Baldus and Jon Backhaus! 
Thanks for all that  you do for Rotary and West Bend!!
Here is our Rotary out doing more good in our community!  We collected over 20 bags of trash from Hwy 45 between Paradise Drive and Hwy 33.   It was a good turn out with help from some Noon Rotarians and UWWC students.
07/07/20Vance, Todd      In ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
07/14/20De Ceuster, DolfGambucci, JacciTim SchmidtDelta Defense - update
07/21/20Dogs, KoryGrinna, Amy  
07/28/20Busch, KathyGannon, Bryce  
08/04/20Britton, GaryIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
08/11/20Baldus, DavidRuplinger, Aaron  
08/18/20Backhaus, JohnPotts, JeffChris Jenkins - Mayor of West BendWest Bend priorities, activities and challenges, including the impacts of the COVID19 crisis
08/25/20Anich, StacyGuse, ChrisJay Shambeau - City Administrator *** CONFIRMING ***Update on city projects: South Industrial Park (Milwaukee Tool), Riverwalk, Downtown hotel developments, etc.
09/01/20Winget, JamesIn ServiceN/A - in service meeting 
09/08/20Wilke, PaulHeld, Kristin  
09/15/20Wierman, MattJohnson, Bob  
09/22/20Verheyen, GeorgeKnoll, John  
09/29/20Vanderkin, RickMadl, Justice  
10/06/20Tighe, TeresaIn Service N/A - in service meeting

Rotary is closely monitoring the pandemic of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and continuously assessing the potential impact on Rotary operations, events, and members.

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club is suspending all March meetings and is looking at options to take our meetings virtual in the short term. We will post updates on our website as more information becomes available.

The West Bend Sunrise Rotary is proud to have paired up with Senior Citizens Activities, Inc. to offer a sweet ride in the 2020 Classics for a Cause Car Raffle fundraiser - a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT (or $20,000)! Your purchase of a raffle ticket could put YOU in this car and help us help others.
The Winner will be drawn on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 at West Bend Lakes Golf Course 


This 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 shows just 3,700 miles. The Grabber Orange paintwork features Tungsten stripes, and the interior is upholstered in black leather. Power comes from a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 paired with a six-speed manual transmission, and modifications include a JLT cold-air intake, Corsa exhaust, a struttower brace, and aftermarket 18″ wheels. This S197 GT500 comes with the removed factory parts including the SVT  wheels, a window sticker, factory literature, a car cover and a clean title.

The exterior is finished in Grabber Orange Clearcoat (U3) and features Tungsten top and side stripes, a vented aluminum hood, body-matching quarter-window louvers, dual exhaust, and a trunk spoiler.
Aftermarket polished-aluminum 18″ wheels are mounted with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. Factory 14″ brake rotors with Brembo calipers came standard in the front, and the shocks have been replaced. The removed factory shocks and removed stock SVT wheels are included in the sale.

The cabin features black leather upholstery with Shelby-embroidered floor mats with orange stripes. Features include an optional factory Shaker 1000 sound system with a six-disc CD changer, a signed Shelby plaque in the center of the dashboard, and an aftermarket body-matching shift knob.
The supercharged 5.4-liter V8 produced 500 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft of torque when new and features four valves per cylinder. Modifications include Ford Racing ignitioncoil covers, a JLT carbon-fiber air intake with a conical filter, and a strut-tower brace. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
The window sticker shows factory options along with a total retail price of $44,865.
A number of removed parts will accompany the car, including the stock mufflers, air intake, and ignition-coil covers as well as 18″ SVT wheels. An aftermarket car cover is also included.
Only 10,000 tickets will be sold.  Tickets are $20 each, or 6 for $100, and may be purchased by visiting classicsforacause.org, contacting the Senior Center at 262-335-4498, or by contacting any West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club member.

Funds raised will support activities at the Senior Center, and additional local non-profit charities in the area via West Bend Sunrise Rotary. 

West Bend Sunrise Rotary donated $5,000 to the Family Center of Washington Coounty as part of their annual $15k giveaway event.  Pictured are Rotarians Chris Guse, event chairman, Bonnie Debroux, executive director of the Family Center, and current West Bend Sunrise Rotary president Todd Vance. 
This year Sunrise Rotarians were given the opportunity to nominate a 501(c)(3) organization to receive the donation as part of a random drawing and the Family Center of Washington County was the recipient.   
Congrats to Todd Vance for taking over as our 2019 West Bend Sunrise Rotary President!
And THANK YOU Candy Sarauer for serving as our President in 2018.
Thanks to everyone who made this year's $15K event another smashing success!
Our AWESOME Sunrise Rotary President - Candi Sarauer.
Drinks anyone?
JUST like Grandma used to make...
Our MEGA baskets were epic!
And the winner is...
CALEB KNOLL!!! (his mommy, Tami, was sitting in for him...)
Congrats Caleb! - spend it wisely at UW-LaCrosse)
2019/2020 West Bend Sunrise Rotary Board (*club officers)Lead
President*Todd Vance
President Elect*Jon Sacks
President Elect Nominee*Dolf De Ceuster
Past President*Candy Sarauer
Secretary*Clarissa Martinelli
Treasurer*Lori Yahr
Sergeant at Arms*Graeme Reid
InternationalNancy Slinde
Rotary FoundationJoe Zaremba
Vocational ServiceJon Corbett
Community ServiceJohn Knoll
Public RelationsKory Dogs
Public RelationsJoyce Malloy
2019/2020 Committee Chairs 
Enchanted RaffleJacii Gambucci
Gingerbread HouseCandy Sarauer
15K GiveawayChris Guse
Club FoundationPaul Wilke
Funds DistributionGeorge Verheyan
Classic CarRick Vanderkin
SocialJacii Gambucci
Membership (new)Candy Sarauer
The highest award an individual Rotarian can receive is the Service Above Self Award which is known as the Paul Harris Award. Here is Nancy Slinde accepting her THIRD Paul Harris Award from Candy Sarauer! Congrats Nancy!!
Thanks to everyone who helped out with Adopt a Highway this past weekend. Thanks to our efforts the stretch of Highway 45 from Paradise Drive to W. Washington Street is now the cleanest stretch of highway in the Midwest!
Our Sunrise Club joined efforts with the West Bend Noon Rotary Club to serve up some liquid dance fluid at at Music on Main.
Here is proof:
(Amanda Follett and Josh Schoemann)
(Candy Sarauer, Joel Herriges & Bonnie DeBroux)
(Bryce Gannon)
The passing of the Gavel from 2017-2018 President Joe Zaremba to our new President - Candy Sarauer.
Thanks for a great year Joe and we look forward to Candy steering the ship this year!












Sept. 10, 2017 – West Bend, WI – The stretch of Highway 45 from Paradise Drive to W. Washington Street has never looked better thanks to the volunteer spirit of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary

The local civic organization has signed up with WIDOT’s Adopt a Highway Program and bright and early on Saturday a handful of volunteers were busy digging through the high grass and collecting trash from the side of the road.

Some of the treasures included a vodka bottle (empty), a credit card, some Green Bay Packer paraphernalia, a shredded Bible and an array of Busch Light beer cans. The West Bend Sunrise Rotary decided this was a worthy cause for a number of reasons including:

  • Reduce litter along Wisconsin’s highways
  • Build statewide support for the anti-litter and highway beautification programs
  • Educate the traveling public to properly dispose of litter
  • Enhance the environment and beautify Wisconsin’s roadsides
  • We love West Bend and Washington County

If you see some of the Rotarians be sure to tell them “thanks” for the hard work and helping make West Bend a great community.       

Here is a link to our latest journal from our January 2018 including our recent school exploration. Please visit: http://oslcslinde09.blogspot.com/ 
Here is a photo of the Slinde's handing out books from their most recent trip to El Salvador.
And here is a photo of the Slinde's being honored for all that they've done and continue to do for the good folks of El Salvador.
For the latest update on the work the Slinde's and friends are doing in El Salvador please check out their most recent blog at
Here is a link to David and Nancy Slinde's El Salvador Journal. They are doing amazing things! Please take a few minutes to read and learn about how they are impacting the people of El Salvador.
The blog has been set up by Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Bend, WI, to host postings of email updates from David and Nancy Slinde who are volunteering in El Salvador on behalf of Our Savior's, The Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA, and Rotary International (among others).

Here is information and links to previous journals from the Slinde's El Salvador experiences:
We have been home for a week and have written a journal to celebrate a first graduation for a 9th grade class. It can be found here http://oslcslinde09.blogspot.com/2016/11/our-trip-to-el-salvador-was-in-planning.html  and look for the pictures that follow.
Here is a link to David & Nancy Slinde's blog from their most recent trip to El Salvador. It contains information and pictures.
Here is a link to their visit to a womens empowerment project:
West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club Past-Presidents
1.   Allen Schaetz          1990~1991
2.   Wendy Heather        1991~1992
3.   Dick Hron                 1992~1993
4.   Harry Kirchoff          1993~1994
5.   Dave Heying             1994~1995
6.   Steve Domres           1995~1996
7.   Carl Steerman          1996~1997
8.   Bob Gannon              1997~1998
9.   Kirk Emerich             1998~1999
10. Sandy Luft                 1999~2000
11. Doug Fitzgerald         2000~2001
12.  Mike Chevalier          2001~2002
13.  Patricia Fabian          2002~2003
14.  Mary Beth Seiser      2003~2004
15.  Scott Tennies           2004~2005
 16.  Paul Wilke                2005~2006
17.  Barb Schumacher     2006~2007
18.  Bev Sturgeon            2007~2008
19.    Bob Patten              2008~2009
20.    Jeff lambie              2009~2010
21.    Mike Nowack           2010~ 2011
22.    Chris Guse               2011~ 2012
23.    Pat Seitz                  2012~2013
24.    Mike Phillips            2013~2014
25.    Lori Yahr                  2014~2015
26.    Bonnie Debroux       2015~2016
27.    Adam Hertel            2016~2017
28.    Joe Zaremba           2017~2018
29.    Candy Sarauer         2018~2019
Thanks to all of our members who helped with the set up for Enchantment In The Park this year!
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

More history can be found here: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-paul-harris-fellow-recognition 

Congrats to our West Bend Sunrise Rotary 2018 recipients!  
Mike Fleischman - 1st PHF
Gary Britton and Jeff Potts - 2nd PHF
Chris Guse, Doug Fitzgerald, Graeme Reid, Jeff Szukalski - 3rd PHF
Lori Yahr - 4th PHF
Here are our West Bend Sunrise Rotary 2017 recipients:  

They include (pictured left to right) Scott Tennies, Phyllis Schaeffer, John Wagner, Mary Thorn, Beverly Sturgeon, presenter Mary Beth Sieser, George Verheyen and Steve Domres!  Also recipients though not present are Mary Gumm, Michael Nowack and Wendy Heather!  Congratulations team!

West Bend Sunrise Rotary welcomes our newest members...Eager to get involved and make a difference in the community and world. 
Travis Roell, Albiero Plumbing, Sponsor John Backhaus, and President Joe Zaremba
Jonathan Sacks, West Bend Attorney, Sponsor: Mary Beth Seiser and President Joe Zaremba


At our January 27, 2015 Board meeting, the Board approved the "Leave of Absence Policy".
A member can take three months off for a valid reason and if more time is needed he/she would have to apply for an extension by contacting the current president.  The leave would start from the date a written request is received. The written request should include the leave start day and end date if known, if not in the letter, the leave begins the date the written request is received. Dues would have to still have to be paid during the leave of absence period. If paying "Every Rotarian Every Year" dues, those payments will also be billed during your leave. This request does affect our numbers that we need to report to Rotary International so leaves should be requested only in extreme cases.